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Sunday 21 December 2014
The week in pictures

BAFTA-winning actress Kristin Scott Thomas and British boxer David Haye close out another eventful year in the drinks industry.



French told to eat cheese with whisky

Wine and cheese might be a match made in heaven, but one expert is recommending that the French eat their national dish with whisky instead.

Top 10 stories of 2014

While 2014 has seen major acquisitions and multi-million pound wine frauds, it’s often the more offbeat stories that prove most popular online.

Vinexpo unveils new features for 2015

Vinexpo’s next instalment in Bordeaux in June 2015 will include a number of new features, including an entire repositioning of the exhibition site.

Escaped penguins take over Oddbins store

Oddbins has released footage of five penguins running riot at one of their stores as part of its gloriously offbeat “Keeping it Real” Christmas campaign.


Mahou San Miguel invests in US craft

Spanish-owned brewer Mahou San Miguel has acquired a 30% stake in the US craft beer company Founders, tapping into the fast-growing market.

Craft brewers sue Texan government

Three craft breweries are involved in a constitutional challenge in Texas over a recently-passed law that prohibits alcohol producers from selling distribution rights.

Beer-keg Christmas tree built

We all have our own methods to mark the festive season, but this beer-lovers dream is certainly a unique way to tap into the festive spirit.

Event sponsors attract young drinkers

Drinks brands associated with music and sports are most popular for coming-of-age drinkers in the US, a new study has revealed.

Fine wine vs predictions

It’s time to revisit the first ever Fine Wine vs article and the reckless, Super Bowl-based prediction made about this year’s Bordeaux vintage.

by Rupert Millar

Gin, glorious gin!

With the explosion of boutique distilleries around the world, Australia is no exception, and a trip to the Yarra Valley confirmed that there are some very exciting things happening in the world of gin. by Simone Madden-Grey

Heineken vs Stella Artois

With imports edging in on big beer brands' share of the US market, Dan Fox pits Heineken against Stella Artois in the race for the best Christmas ad. by Dan Fox

Heritage: A brand’s secret weapon

How many brands are older than 50 years? Not many, but perhaps more than you think within the world of drinks. by Paul Taylor
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Testino turns Macallan photographer

Acclaimed photographer Mario Testino is the latest to turn his lens on The Macallan for its Masters of Photography series.

Diageo wins trademark battle

A Texas court has ruled in favour of Diageo and against a Canadian whiskey rival in a trademark lawsuit over its Crown Royal brand.

The Glenlivet presents £6k whisky chair

The Glenlivet has collaborated with contemporary designer Gareth Neal to create a £6,000 “Nàdurra Dram Chair”, designed with sipping whisky in mind.

‘Cowboy’ ranch distillery opens in Utah

Utah’s High West Distillery has completed work on a second facility based on a working cattle ranch boasting luxury accommodation.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 wines in the US press

A “sassy” Syrah, cult-like Carignano and Virginian sparkler all feature in this year’s final top 10 wines in the US press.

Top 10 ‘top 10s’ of 2014

We’re fond of a good list at the drinks business. The team has covered an array of wacky, weird and wonderful topics over the course of 2014, but which were the most popular?

Top 10 wine thefts

In the wake of the theft of £80,000 worth of wine from a Côte-Rôtie estate, we have rounded up 10 of the most jaw-dropping wine thefts.

Seven reasons why rappers shouldn’t pimp drinks brands

These days it seems every rapper feels an all-consuming need to associate themselves with an alcohol brand, writes Dan Miles.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

With Christmas just one week away, UK wine writers’ thoughts turn to “turkey-ready” wines, celebratory sparklers and fruity reds.

Top 10 wines in the US press

A “uniquely American interpretation” of Cabernet Franc praised by Jon Bonné as the best of its kind in the US is just one of the wines showcased by US writers this week.

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Wally’s Beverly Hills store opens

Wally’s Wines & Spirits has opened a new store and restaurant in Beverly Hills that will have over 100 wines served by the glass.

Uncorked: Eduardo Chadwick

President and owner of Chile’s Viña Errázuriz, Eduardo Chadwick is our first ‘Uncorked’ to score 100 (personal) Parker points.

Liv-ex reveals top value brands of 2014

Not all strong brands among fine wines come with crazy prices attached, as the latest Liv-ex ranking reveals.

1970 DRC leads $1.3m Bonhams auction

Bonhams’ San Francisco auction raised $1.3 million last week, with Domaine de la Romanée-Conti proving its continued popularity in the US market.


Champagne Jayne court case underway

A case between the CIVC and wine writer and educator Jayne Powell, known as “Champagne Jayne”, has begun in Melbourne Federal Court.

Champagne and gin top-talking tipples

Champagne and gin have taken over Sherry and brandy to become the UK’s favourite Christmas tipples, a study on language suggests.

UK leaders shun English fizz

English sparkling wine accounted for just 48 of over 25,000 bottles of fizz bought for the House of Commons’ cellar in the last four years.

Magnum sales up 122% at Waitrose

Sales of magnums are up 122% at Waitrose with consumers splashing out on larger bottles in the run up to Christmas.

Ex-Ruinart winemaker launches Champagne

Jean Philippe “JP” Moulin, a former winemaker for Ruinart, has launched his own range of Champagnes after raising €500,000 through crowdfunding.